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"Growing in Software Group"

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Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Arlington, VA
Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Arlington, VA
No opinion of CEO

Pros

The biggest barrier to success is simply what you pace in your own way. I've yet to be told "No" when trying to contact someone or ask a question.

Cons

The size of IBM gives it a resistance to change that can make someone feel like they are on an island.

Advice to Management

More transparency and an increased focus on interactions not features.

Other Employee Reviews for IBM

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    "IBM"

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Staff in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Staff in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    At its best, IBM is (was?...) a great place to work. You have the option to learn a lot, to stretch out of your comfort zone, to move to new jobs fairly easily, to work with great people, to do cool stuff. The level of knowledge and expertise available in the company is absolutely phenomenal -- the challenges are finding the knowledge, then 'drinking from the firehose' once you've found it.

    Cons

    At its worst, IBM can be mind-numbingly large, very slow moving, and often just plain stupid. It also appears to be moving in the wrong direction in terms of how technical people are treated. I worry that the "Pros" described above really only apply to the "Old IBM", the software, research, and (ever-shrinking) hardware divisions. The "New IBM" -- that is, Global Services, GTS etc., now more than half the company, and by far the majority of technical folks -- is a very different company. IBM Global Services has a crushingly unrealistic utilization metric, and a tendency to view technical talent as plug-compatible drones. Just hire what you need when you need it, fire them when you don't. As far as I can see, in the services side you *don't* get a chance to learn a lot, to stretch yourself, or to move from job to job easily. You are on your own to learn new skills.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to treat technical talent better in the Services business.


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    "Some good some bad"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Current mgr supportive for career advancement
    IBM on resume seems to impress some

    Cons

    Not enough opportunities.
    moving between divisions hard if allowed at all
    no job security - may offshore job at anytime

    Advice to Management

    Figure out way to announce to world that IBM is doing great without turning around internally and saying we are doing badly so === layoffs, no pay increases, etc.

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